"Electric Light (facts/figures)"
Daniel von Sturmer
Opening: Wednesday 12 April, 6-8pm
Dates: 12 April – 6 May 2017
Looking at an empty space we see a frame, a boundary, a limit. The gallery walls, contours and surfaces, painted white to recede and disappear, are made a stage on which a series of traces are drawn. Light describes space, making the limit or extent of a space legible, distinct, apparent, ‘there’.
What are the facts? There are walls, a floor, a ceiling, and windows. The windows are windowed themselves: rectangles within rectangles. The walls are marked, textured and contoured. There are features; mysterious, residual forms from prior purposes. Rendered uniform white, they nonetheless are there. Factually present. Here, now, you look around, at, through the space. You see things, perhaps for the first time. You see a space that is constructed: without and within.
Daniel von Sturmer's practice involves a range of media and approaches including video, photography and installation. His works orchestrate a field of relations between things and people, light and space, video and time, where the encounter between audience and artwork tests the ways in which we conventionally view artworks in a gallery.
Born in New Zealand in 1972, von Sturmer has been based in Melbourne as a practising artist since 1994. In 2007 he represented Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale, showing in the Australian Pavilion. He has exhibited at numerous public venues including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden; and the Hamburger Bahnhoff Museum, Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include Electric Light at Anna Schwartz Gallery (2016), Focus & Field and Camera Ready Actions at Young Projects Gallery, Los Angeles (2014), These Constructs at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2014); Video Works, Karsten Schubert Gallery, London (2010) and Set Piece, Site Gallery, Sheffield (2009).
Daniel von Sturmer is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.